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. they are counting on the afghan government. >>> the average american household faces a $3500 tax increase if congress fails to avoid a looming fiscal cliff. automatic tax hikes and spending cuts are set to go into effect in january but "the new york times" reports that a bipartisan group of senators is work og a plan that would put -- working on a plan that would put off increases. lawmakers say no action will be taken until november. >>> president obama and mitt romney are taking a break from the campaigning, getting ready for the debate. alison burns is live in our washington, d.c. bureau to tell us with the stakes are high for mitt romney. >> reporter: a poll shows an 18- point lead among voters for mitt romney. the president will spend another day and practicing for another day. this is mitt romney's eighth day of prep in the last month. but he told supporters last week, he won't be using the event to try to score political points. >> there's gonna be all of the scoring of winning and losing. in my view, it's not so much winning or losing or even the people themselves, the president m
the government and the opposition forces continue all over that country. just yesterday, more than 300 people died. the bloodiest day in that 18- month long conflict. the u.n. now estimates there will be 700,000 refugees by the end of the year. >>> the university of california is set to pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit over that infamous pepper spraying incident last fall. each of the 21 protesters will receive $30,000 and a written apology from the school. the university will also pay $250,000 to the plaintiff's attorneys. the school is promising to work with civil liberty groups to improve tactics in the future. >>> a new study shows that 19% of all u.s. families are -- were paying off college debt in 2010. the research says higher college costs and increase in college enrollments are to blame. >>> 8:16 n election 20 12news, both president obama and mitt romney will be campaigning today in the battleground state of virginia. alison burns is live in our washington, d.c. bureau. >> and dave, this is the third straight day that president obama and mitt romney have campaigned in the same stat
be on economic matters. then there will be one on health care, one on the role of government and then one on governing. so a number of different subjects are possible in there and i predict that jim lair will get raked over the coals depending upon what type of answers he gets and what type of questions are asked. >> what should we look for? will the candidates try to target certain voters since we're about five weeks away from the election? >> reporter: i try to ask a lot of questions of lawmakers and members of politicians. watch for -- do they really answer the question that jim lare is gonna ask or do they try to go on the platform and get it that way. that's always interesting. parm of the next three debates this -- part of the next three debates, does somebody put their foot in their mouth? i always remember regular ronald reagan saying there you go again. so we'll see if it's just a muddle for both sides. >> some memorable lines from debate history. thank you. you can find a think jamie's blog at ktvu.com. go to the -- link to jamie's blog at ktvu.com. go to the politics page. >>>
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